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CEO of Shield Consultancy, ‘Moataz O Saleh,’ Reveals How the Rise of ‘Online Streaming Platform’ Signifies Digital Piracy




One of the prime issues that broadcasters and service administrators face in the current environment is that shifts in piracy over the decade have seen it move from a post even process to a live one; from BitTorrent to Facebook Live.

Live illicit streaming of content over the Internet is becoming an emerging issue, particularly during major sporting events. This ends up being not just the greatest cost to broadcasters in this period of spiraling rights costs, yet it is additionally definitely one of the greatest targets. There are a few reasons why live streaming is turning into developing trouble. From one viewpoint, quicker broadband connectivity is prompting better picture quality; on the other hand, video is currently accessible on an assortment of platforms and second screens. Lastly, social media is going about as an accelerant: permitting customers to discuss what they’re watching continuously, enabling them to share the content with a friend there and then, in some cases — wittingly and unwittingly — widening the span of connection farms through these networks as they go.

“Due to their real-time nature and the manner in which they’ve been constructed by means of ‘hashtags’ and ‘likes’ to spread data rapidly in spreading patterns, social media platforms fundamentally affect content utilization and dissemination. Regularly those tapping on links probably won’t understand they’re going to a pirate site, particularly given the enhanced quality of pilfered streams and refinement of UI design — also the presence of genuine advertising,” says Moataz O Saleh, the CEO & Founder of Shield Consultancy.  Honored by the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during the opening of the first phase of the New Administrative Capital of Egypt, Saleh stands as one reputed IT professional who is striving to battle against the rising issue of digital piracy.

The issue additionally worsens when you begin looking at what is happening inside a portion of Facebook’s group. A Business Insider report over the summer analyzed film piracy specifically on the social media platform. It revealed a range of groups with names like “Watch Free Full Movies HD,” which had enormous quantities of members (more than 80,000) and were working mainly in the open. They were sharing something beyond links as well, for certain films being hosted on Facebook’s server.

And while the BI report focused on motion pictures, live sports streaming groups on Facebook are growing in number. The group Live Streaming: All Sports TV, for instance, has 35,000 individuals, while another group that changes its name to feature the following event its carrying focused on Asian and Indian cricket matches has 79,000.

“The key takeaway, however, is that online media piracy on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit is especially on the ascent. Content can be shared with blinding speed across web-based media platforms since that is the thing that they have been designed to do. The ‘’viral’ aspect of social media is now showing its adverse impact,” says Saleh.

From fake news to spreading hate speech, social media, all in all, has numerous issues with content, and it certainly requires immediate action to be taken.  This implies that a compelling methodology for tracking, battling, and proving piracy now needs to evolve well beyond the basic demands of a takedown notice. Operators now need an anti-piracy that gives an insight about the content being pilfered and records the sort/classification of programming, the circumstance, the length, the area, the crowd, the utilization, and much more. This is precisely where Shield Consultancy comes into the picture, as one of the leading platforms in Egypt, specializing in a wide range of business consultancy and information technology service spanning cinema consultation, digital reputation management, cybersecurity investigation, digital anti-piracy, digital design services, digital signage solutions, and content removal.

Proffering its services to scientific agencies, industrial establishments, service sectors, major trading companies, as well as business people and individuals, inside and outside of Egypt, Shield Consultancy has emerged as one international standard company. Saleh shares that as established by a group of specialists, Shield Consultancy, aims to make the virtual world free from the menace of piracy.

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The Perfect Investment: RAD Diversified and Income-Producing Farms




Amidst the global lockdown of 2020, Dutch Mendenhall, founder of RADD America, began looking for an alternative to standard residential real-estate investments. So, he turned his analysis to farms and was blown away by the immense potential he saw. After going public in late 2019, RADD America purchased US farmland and made slices of the real estate available at minimum investments of $10,000.

Income-producing farms vs. other real estate asset classes

According to Mendenhall, an apartment complex in today’s US real estate market commands approximately a 4% or 5% cap rate. Farms offer somewhere around a 15% to 20% cap rate.

“When I first began looking at investing in farms, I compared each acre to an apartment or housing unit,” Mendenhall recalls. “The variety that income-producing farms provide is what I really love about them as an opportunity. With one season producing wheat and corn the next, you can double tap — you can raise livestock on top of agriculture. Putting money into the farm only pays off in time. Everything from improving soil to increasing irrigation makes a major impact on potential income, and so much of America’s farmland has fallen into disrepair during the last 20 years.”

When Mendenhall began investing during the early days of the pandemic, sustainable acres of producing farmland sold anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000. Today, he finds that income-producing acres of farmland easily sell for $9,500 to $10,000.

“I’ve seen farmland values almost double during the last couple of years,” Mendenhall says. “Currently, we’re in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Idaho, but we are analyzing land all over America. What reports don’t show is the difference between a properly maintained acre of farmland and an acre that is in disarray. There’s only so much workable farmland on the market today. We’ve hit the tipping point, and now, there’s a scarcity of land for people to buy. If you have the opportunity to purchase amazing agricultural land, you have to pull the trigger quickly.”

Income-producing farms as an asset class

Mendenhall is no stranger to investors. Since 2006, he’s connected them to deals in short sales, wholesaling, residential properties, and storage units, though he admits that every asset class has caused the same excitement as farmland. “At this point, we can’t find enough bargains for our investors,” he says. “They take real pride in their investments and keep asking us for more.”

RADD America takes a true grassroots approach when connecting its investors to farmland. “The farming world is different from any other in real estate,” explains Mendenhall. “We start by having our acquisitions and agricultural teams meet with farmers. When we get ready to brand cattle or plant, all the local farmers come and help. In the same spirit, our teams go out and help the local farmers when it’s their turn to brand and plant. To do it right, you have to build a relationship and a connection that’s quite different than other types of investing.”

RADD America is composed of expert investors and expert farmers. The company offers its investments through fractionalized ownership. In other words, the company purchases one farm and then allows a joint pool of investors to own it together. 

“If you don’t have a team that knows how to farm and maximize income, you’re not going to get the best possible return for investors,” warns Mendenhall. “Thankfully, our team isn’t so big for this type of investing that we forget who we are, and we have the economy to scale at a great pace.”

The impact of global competition on income-producing farm investments

RADD America closely monitors global trends. In Mendenhall’s experience, investors win when they move before the market. However, when they move after the market, they lose.

“When Russian first invaded and sparked its war with Ukraine, for example, we kept a close eye on its global impact,” he says. “As one of the largest producers of wheat in the world, we knew that Ukraine — now in the midst of a war — wasn’t going to be able to produce wheat at the same scale, so someone else needs to step in and fill the gap. We’re constantly monitoring what’s happening in the world to stay on top of evolving trends.”

In terms of global competition, Mendenhall is frustrated by foreign entities staking ownership of American farmland and agriculture. In this area, China has positioned itself as the number one threat to the sovereignty of the United States.

“When foreign powers have ownership of agricultural land in the US, it puts us all at risk as Americans,” remarks Mendenhall. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen soil quality erode, closures of meatpacking plants, and numerous fires. The likelihood of nuclear war in this age is very small. The quiet war of buying American agriculture and unsettling the American dollar is the threat we face today.”

Clearly, RADD America has a lot to pay attention to at home and abroad. “We’re monitoring weather patterns and making one-year, three-year, and five-year predictions,” Mendenhall explains. “We’re also paying close attention to interest rates to see where this shifting economy is headed. The up-and-down cycles are faster than they’ve ever been. Monitoring the industry is critical. With expert investors and agricultural specialists from RADD America on your team, farmland can be one of your most promising and rewarding investment opportunities.”

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